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Carroll J. Harper

Carroll Jacob Harper of Harrisonburg, Va., passed away March 9, 2013, at the age of 81.

He was born Aug. 4, 1931, in Hinton, Va., and was a son of the late Jacob Delmar and Ethel Simmons Harper.

Carroll grew up on a farm in Hinton. He served in the U.S. Army in 1951 and in Germany during the occupation of Korea. Mr. Harper is well known as the proprietor of Harper’s Lawn Ornaments, which he began in 1960. He also ran the Swap Shop in the 1960s. He always had a strong work ethic, which he later instilled in his children and grandchildren. Carroll was a man who loved spending time gardening, riding his motorcycles, and spending time in the mountains. In his later years, however, he and his wife traveled throughout the United States and visited over 50 countries.

Mr. Harper was a member of Antioch United Church of Christ.

Mr. Harper is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Ann Nieswander Harper; his four children, Debbie Armentrout and husband, Russell, of Harrisonburg, Dale Harper and wife, Tammy, of Fulks Run, Douglas Harper and wife, Michelle, of Mount Crawford, and Cathy Harper Watts and husband, Andrew, of Los Angeles, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Wheelbarger of Hinton; and brothers, Edsel Harper and wife, Christine, and Raymond Harper, all of Harrisonburg; and a sister-in-law, Jean Harper of Hinton.

Mr. Harper was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Harper, and a sister, Lois Sherfey.

The Rev. Marilyn Smith Heishman will conduct a graveside service Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. All are welcome to attend.

Friends may call at McMullen Funeral Home at anytime. There will be no formal visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 468, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, or Rockingham Memorial Hospital, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mcmullenfh.com .

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